Following the release of Pusha T’s ‘DAYTONA’ album, which was solely produced by Kanye, Kanye delivered his own album a week later and it could not have been at a better time. ‘Ye’ like ‘DAYTONA’, is a 7 – track project. The anticipation for this album was through the roof for some and meant nothing to others (apparently). From his open support of Donald Trump to saying “Slavery was a choice,” Kanye’s recent antics have been tough to understand. Even though he took to twitter to correct himself about his slavery comments, the people were not having it. Some people said Kanye was “cancelled.” I did not “Cancel” Kanye, but as a fan I was hurt, overly concerned and confused as he was one of my loved ones or something. I did demand answers immediately and decided to tune out his bullshit and judge the music to determine where he is at. I can not front, the week of this release I was extremely excited but at the same time felt unsure of Kanye and what he was going to put out. I listened to ‘Ye’ several times and did a review and waited a little bit. I listened to it some more this week and scratched out my whole review and this is my redo and final verdict on ‘Ye’ by Kanye West.
Tracklist and Ratings
- Today I Thought About Killing You (4.4/5)
- Yikes (5/5)
- All Mine ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Jeremiah ( 4.5/5)
- Wouldn’t Leave ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR, Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign & Jeremiah (5/5)
- No Mistakes ft. Charlie Wilson & Kid Cudi (5/5)
- Ghost Town ft PARTYNEXTDOOR, John Legend, Kid Cudi & 070 Shake (5/5)
- Violent Crimes ft. 070 Shake & Nicki Minaj (4.5/5)
Kanye’s ‘Ye’ album is one hell of a beautiful f*cking mess. Kanye currently is a mess. So to be completely honest this album makes sense. For those critics calling this “sloppy,” “a mess,” “trash,” “horrible,” try and judge the music without how you feel about Kanye’s antics and yes it is possible to do. Once you do this album will make sense. I won’t waste too much time on this review though since it is only a 7-track album, even though a round table on this project is very necessary! So lets go through each track and let me get my sh*t off.
“I love myself way more than I love you / And I thought about killing myself today / So best know I thought about killing you,” West says on the opening track. The song, “I Thought About Killing You,” begins with Kanye basically talking to himself for like a solid two minutes. The title and the highlighted key lyrics says it all. Kanye, who has owned up to being bipolar, once being addicted to opiods, dealt with constant paranoia and constantly doubting himself has had times where he’s just wanted to give up and take his own life. Then he remembers how much he loves himself and life as Kanye so he settles. After his little tangent a very hard screamo/ hip hop type beat drops! I loved the switch up from the very dope chill relaxing beat to this intense spooky intense beat. Kanye delivered a decent verse on here too. The production here was the most impressive portion of the song but his tangent was kind of excessive but necessary if that makes sense.
Yikes the second track on ‘Ye’ was one of my personal favorites. I loved his aggressive and somewhat hold Kanye flow! Apparently Drake “wrote” Kanye’s verse or the hook. I’m not really buying it but I imagined Drake’s voice rapping those lyrics and it could be true BUT this album two songs in is too personal to have someone write a rap about your current state. In the chorus Yeezy sings,
“Shit could get menacin’, frightenin’, find help. Sometimes I scare myself, myself.” If you really want to dig deep Kanye juxtaposes his current state of the world with his mind which is so dope to me as he references North Korea, #MeToo, death/mass shootings, and bipolar disorder.
Following “Yikes” we have “All Mine.” This track is absurd, humorous and very FIRE all at the same time! This song features Jeremiah and Ty Dolla $ign who i wish had bigger parts on this track but their contributions helped make this song enjoyable for me. Also whiles listening to this, I could hear maybe Big Sean and 2 Chainz as features. Maybe there will be a remix? Probably not. Anyways, Kanye’s first verse was very interesting. He starts off rapping:
“If I pull up with a Kerry Washington. That’s gon’ be an enormous scandal, I could have Naomi Campbell.And still might want me a Stormy Daniels. Sometimes, you gotta bag the boss up,I call that taking Corey Gambles. Find yourself up in the food court,You might have to enjoy your sample. All these thots on Christian Mingle, almost what got Tristan single. If you don’t ball like him or Kobe, Guarantee that bitch gonna leave you.”
I don’t know about you all but I thought the bars were dope on this song and extremely funny. For some odd reason when he said Kerry Washington, I just knew more names were to be dropped. But Stormy though? LOL i lost it. Production on here is nice as well! Kanye is 3/3 so far but “All Mine” was a wild card of a track after hearing “I Thought About Killing You” and Yikes. Oh and that corny “outcome, come from cum” line was very unnecessary….. I actually “LOL” every time. SMH Ye!!!!
The second half of the album is when sh*t gets REAL! “Wouldn’t Leave” features PARTYNEXTDOOR, Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, and Jeremiah. These are some talented acts all on one track with Kanye you have to believe they would deliver…… AND THEY ABSOLUTELY DID!!! PARTYNEXTDOOR/Young Thug opens up with a lovely chorus that leads us into Ye’ addressing his recent antics. There’s no excuse for what Kanye West said about slavery, but on “Wouldn’t Leave” he details exactly what happened:
They say, “Build your own”—I said, “How, Sway?”
I said, “Slavery a choice”—they said, “How, ‘Ye?”
Just imagine if they caught me on a wild day
Now I’m on fifty blogs gettin’ fifty calls
My wife callin’, screamin’, say, “We ’bout to lose it all!”
Had to calm her down ’cause she couldn’t breathe
Told her she could leave me now, but she wouldn’t leave
And I know you wouldn’t leave.
So as he addresses what he did was wrong, the lyrics and song as a whole seem more as a thank you to his wife Kim for putting up with his bullshit. Definitely would have helped his case if he did more of a apology not just towards Kim but to the people that were offended and just overall hurt by his words. (Kanye Shrug) The song closes with smooth vocals from Ty$ as Kanye dedicates to all the real RIDE OR DIE women out there. Super random, but in regards Kanye and the Slavery comment, I read somewhere that Talib Kweli a good and long time friend of Kanye’s commented on the whole situation and stated “When Van Lathan debunked him and he said, ‘I’m sorry that I hurt you,’ that’s the real Kanye,” Kweli said, “the one that does care, the one that can remove himself and care about other people in the room and the country.” Kweli’s statement is how I felt after i cooled off and sat back and analyzed that moment. Just thought I’d share that.
The next two songs “No Mistakes” and “Ghost Town”
may be the two best songs on ‘Ye’. THESE ARE THE TWO BEST SONGS ON ‘YE’. Both tracks are just super soulful. “No Mistakes” is a track that shows Kanye being unable to make mistakes but also displays the public’s mistakes about him. Pride and Ego meets LOVE. This track features the LEGENDARY Charlie Wilson and the man himself Kid Cudi. I love this song so much. From the excellent vocals by Charlie and Cudi to the production! I really wish this song was longer and had a Cudi verse….. “Ghost Town” is a song that gave me the chills. It’s a song that gives you that childlike wonder and hope of feeling innocent and free as we once were as a child. I think I wanted to cry half way into the song. I’m being dead serious too. I don’t know if it was just that this song was so good or if the feels of classic Kanye resurfacing with the strong support with dope artist like PARTYNEXTDOOR, Kid Cudi, and 070 Shake. Once Shake went acapella I definitely lost it…. The production was absolutely amazing here and was the best on the album. Loved this song so much! 070 Shake was definitely the shining star on here.
Finally as ‘Ye’ comes to a close, we arrive to the finally track “Violent Crimes.” The title speaks for itself as this song addresses violent nature of humans. To be specific, It is addressing EVIL CRIMES BY MEN towards WOMEN then when they have daughters all of a sudden its a cry that karma does not come for them when they have daughters and they are the victims of possible crimes of past. Kanye raps “Niggas is savage, niggas is monsters. Niggas is pimps, niggas is players. ‘Til niggas have daughters, now they precautus. Father forgive me, I’m scared of the karma” He also repeats this in closing. I was talking to my boy Kevin about this track and it was definitely one we really felt. Neither of us have daughters but this song resonates with us deeply. This song also featured 070 Shake and Nicki Minaj. I don’t know where I read it featured Dej Loaf and Willow Smith. (LOL)
So I apologize that this review is a little long but I had to really dissect this project because for seven tracks, this sh*t was heavy. ‘Ye has no specific structure but it does have structure and does have a purpose. It’s an album showcasing Kanye’s current state. He is currently a mess and yes he is trying to work on himself and become a better Ye. This album is so personal. Some would say it is even his most personal project due to him being able to vent and discuss his current state of mind and life whiles letting us know he has a mental illness and he is embracing it better now and he sees it as a “Super Power.” Ye is an album I feel has received a lot of love but a lot of hate. For those who do not like ‘Ye’ i say give it a chance after the hype dies out. Those who love it I say we may have a classic on our hands due to this project being one that WILL age gracefully and is an important piece in Kanye’s discography. All and all ‘Ye’ featured really good to AMAZING production, coupled with amazing features and with lyrics that aren’t Kanye’s strongest, but most meaningful in a time where Kanye needs to be heard. This is not his GREATEST work but may be one of his most IMPORTANT projects to date.
Thanks for reading and allowing me to get my sh*t off! Definitely expecting feedback. No I am not defending Kanye’s antics. I am displaying being a decent person and understanding others who think, say or feel different from me.